YOUTH PASSAGEWAYS is an evolving network of individuals, organizations, and communities who help regenerate healthy passages into mature adulthood for today’s youth.

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Motivated by Wisdom

Vancouver, BC, Canada


Rites of passage ceremonially mark significant life transitions. These ritualized events usher the initiate’s journey into the next life stage and tend to their relationship with Self, community, culture, and more.
Calistoga, CA, USA


Calistoga, CA, USA

Why does it MATTER?

Rites of Passage matter because of what they can do: in the lives of young people, in our own lives, and in our communities. They have the power to help young people thrive in the 21st century.
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Street Poets

Los Angeles, CA, USA


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When we talk about rites of passage we mean a time when we recognize and see young people for the beauty they bring into the world. The rite is to get them to wake up to their own dream, their own story.

Luis J. Rodriguez Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural & Bookstore

Rites of passage are a cultural antihistamine that prevents children and young people from having an allergic reaction to a socially toxic environment.

Paul Hill, Jr. The National Rites of Passage Institute, Cleveland, OH

Rites of passage reach deeply into the hearts of human beings and help people and communities thrive, rather than just survive.

Edith Kusnic, Community Elder, Seattle, WA

Although it takes a whole village to raise a child, it takes the struggles of youth to raise the village.

Michael Meade Mosaic Voices Multicultural Foundation, Seattle, WA

My belief is that every teen, deep in their bones, knows they deserve healthy, not destructive, rites of passage and mature adult mentorship.

Frederick Marx Warrior Films, Oakland, CA

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What’s Happening?

Transitions and Thresholds

Miriam Joy Jones,

In early December 35 women who guide women and girls through rite of passage gathered in Ojai from across the USA and Canada. The gathering was called “Transitions and Thresholds” and was an answer to a call for women to gather and ask questions about what it means to be a woman and to guide […]

Kraïna: I am the Land

Lesia Maruschak in Collaboration with Dodho Magazine,

<Back to the Issue “A man is nothing but the landscape of his homeland.” -Shaul Tchernichovsky.- Vast uninterrupted vignettes of the icy Canadian prairies – spaces where scale and distance are difficult to gage – follow.  A black-robed incarnation of destiny – the keystone of KRAÏNA – weaves her way throughout the series. Walking barefoot […]

Upcoming Events

YPW Offering

Partner Call – Holistic Sexuality: Tools for Guiding our Youth

hosted by Youth Passageways Extended Community
Meet, listen and learn about the work of our partners in these monthly calls. The purpose of these calls is to find inspiration, get resources, and tap into the network. This month, Marisa Taborga Byrne will be sharing about how she frames and holds holistic sexuality conversations with youth. The intention is for this to be a time of learning,...

Media Event

Family*-Rooted Initiation Initiative Informational Call

hosted by Youth Passageways Extended Community
Family*-Rooted Initiation Initiative Informational Call sponsored by the Cross-Cultural Protocols Working Group (CCP) Vision We are inviting a group of individuals/cohorts from different geographic and cultural backgrounds, to come together and undertake initiatory efforts within their families or communities during 2019. These efforts will be supported by the CCP, as a means of building personal, familial, and community resiliency, and...